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1. Goods that are cast overboard from a ship, especially in an attempt to lighten the ship, and that sink to the bottom of a body of water.
2. Discarded odds and ends.

[From earlier jetson, alteration of Middle English jetteson, a throwing overboard; see jettison.]


(ˈdʒɛtsəm) or


1. (Nautical Terms) that portion of the equipment or cargo of a vessel thrown overboard to lighten her, as during a storm. Compare flotsam1, lagan
2. (Nautical Terms) another word for flotsam2
[C16: shortened from jettison]


or jet•som

(ˈdʒɛt səm)

goods that are cast overboard deliberately, as to lighten or stabilize a vessel in an emergency, and that sink where jettisoned or are washed ashore.
Compare flotsam, lagan.
[1560–70; alter. of jetson, syncopated variant of jettison]

jetsam, jetsom

1. part of a ship’s cargo thrown overboard, as to lighten the load in the event of danger.
2. such cargo when it is washed ashore.
3. anything which is discarded. Cf. flotsam.
See also: Ships


 cargo, equipment, or waste thrown overboard from a vessel at sea. See also flotsam.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jetsam - the part of a ship's equipment or cargo that is thrown overboard to lighten the load in a storm
part, portion - something less than the whole of a human artifact; "the rear part of the house"; "glue the two parts together"
2.jetsam - the floating wreckage of a ship
wreckage - the remaining parts of something that has been wrecked; "they searched the wreckage for signs of survivors"


[ˈdʒetsəm] Nechazón f, cosas fpl desechadas


[ˈdʒɛtsəm] n objets jetés à la mer et rejetés sur la côtejet set jet-set [ˈdʒɛtsɛt] njet-set m or f
the jet set → le jet-set, la jet-setjet-setter [ˈdʒɛtsɛtər] nmembre m du jet-set, membre m de la jet-set
to be a jet-setter → appartenir au jet-set, appartenir à la jet-setjet ski jet-ski [ˈdʒɛtskiː] nscooter m des mers, jet-ski m


nüber Bord geworfenes Gut; (on beach) → Strandgut nt ? flotsam